Research-based learning: Designing the course behind the research

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Elizabeth A. Beckmann
Xénia Weber
Michael Whitehead
Adrienne Nicotra



It is hoped that the papers in this book have encouraged readers to share the authors’ appreciation of the ecology of Kosciuszko National Park—its diversity, variability, subtlety and uniqueness. The authors also hope readers have been intrigued, challenged and informed by the research problems tackled in the papers, as well as the scientific responses and solutions to those problems. This chapter explains a little more of the way in which this research came about, and makes some connections across some key findings. It also explains the pride that the course design team (the authors of this chapter) have in the work of the papers’ authors, most of whom had just a couple of semesters of university study when they embarked on this research.

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